Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout has signalled his intention to leave the club this summer, according to French publication L’Equipe. The player is said to be unwilling to play in the Championship, and wishes to play at the highest level.
The report suggests that the 23-year-old is hoping to either remain in England and move to the Premier League, but that French Ligue 1 and the Spanish La Liga are also options for him as well.
The former Nantes man played 25 times in Villa’s dismal Premier League campaign last season, which saw them finish rock bottom of the table on 17 points, another 17 short of second from bottom Norwich City.
He was brought to Villa Park by then-manager Tim Sherwood, with the Frenchman signing a five-year contract with the club. However he looks highly unlikely to see out the remaining four years of that deal. The club are now managed by former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, but he is unlikely to turn Veretout’s head from wanting to leave the club.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail in November, Veretout said he preferred working under fellow Frenchman Remi Garde compared to Sherwood, with whom he barely spoke to according to the player himself. With that being the case, perhaps a move back to the French league seems most likely, but the Premier League and Spain still remain possibilities.